When Jack Maughan first told his friends Ethan Kurteff and Benek Robertson about the Wendy Schmitt Ocean Health XPrize, they had kind of a typical teen reaction. “Jack walks up to us and is like, 'we can win $750,000' and that excited me,” says Ethan Kurteff with a laugh.
This XPrize competition aims to help solve ocean acidification, which happens when the ocean absorbs carbon dioxide, and the seawater’s pH level drops.
Portland, Oregon is well known as a bike friendly city, but it wasn’t always that way. The woman who helped change the city from being car centric to the place with hundreds of miles of bike lanes, trails and walkways is Mia Birk.
She’s the former bicycle coordinator for Portland, and now President of Alta Planning and Design – a company that works with communities across the country to create infrastructure so people can bike and walk as part of their daily lives.
Right now there are about 6000 different languages are spoken around the world. But many linguists predict if nothing is done half of those will disappear within this century. One of those languages is Irish or Gaelic. This nearly 2000 year old language is no longer the primary language in Ireland and is changing with every generation. So UC Santa Cruz researchers are trying to save it.
As most college kids are getting ready for their winter classes, students who want a career in tech are busy preparing for summer. Right now they’re interviewing for internships.
That’s where we find a unique class of college students we first met about a year ago. They’re from the Salinas Valley, many the children of farm workers or immigrants themselves, who are working towards careers in Silicon Valley.